Clarification on Proclamation of June 22

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Visa Exempt Canadians Are Not Subject to the Proclamation Canadians entering as H, L or J nonimmigrants are exempt from the Presidential Proclamation issued on June 22, 2020, and effective on June 24, 2020. Guidance has been provided to local CBP ports on this issue. Individuals with Valid Visas Prior to Proclamation’s Effective Date Are […]

Presidential Proclamation

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As many of you are aware, the President has issued a Proclamation stating that holders of L-1, H-1B, H-2B and J-1 visas who are outside the United States will not be allowed to enter until the end of December 2020. O-1 visa holders are NOT affected by this proclamation. O-1 visa applicants may continue to […]

If you are planning to sponsor your spouse for the Green Card, this is the time!

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Although Lawful Permanent Residents (Green Card holders/LPR’s) can sponsor their spouses for Green Cards, the process can take years due to the fact that this is an oversubscribed category.    However, for April 2020, there are immigrant visas immediately available in this category so LPR’s can sponsor their spouses and the spouses will be able to file for […]

USCIS Will Be Reopening Their Offices on May 4, 2020

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After closing their offices and suspending their in-person services throughout the US due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the USCIS has advised today that they plan to begin reopening their offices on May 4, 2020 unless public closures are extended further.  Clients who have appointments for interviews or biometrics will be advised of new dates.  The USCIS has kept working on cases and […]

Jane Orgel P.C. is here for you

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March 2020  This is an unprecedented time in our history.  We want you to know that Jane Orgel P.C. is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and updates from the Immigration Service (USCIS).   Because of this pandemic, a lot of our clients have been contacting us and are anxious about losing their visas.  The local USCIS […]

March 2020 Update

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Despite the upheavals and challenges of Coronavirus, our office has been getting a fair number of approvals.  We have had 19 O-1 approvals so far in 2020. These include first time O-1B Approvals as well as three year extensions and renewals.  We obtained a second three year O-1 renewal for a Chinese curator and gallerist, […]

January 2020 Review

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Updates on the O-1 visa, E-2 visa, Extraordinary Ability Green Card and National Interest Waiver Green Card  Jane Orgel PC filed a total of 88 O-1 cases in 2019, several of which also entailed O-2 applications for essential support staff for the primary O-1 visa holder. See here for the complete list of applicants by country and profession, as well […]

USCIS Adjusting Premium Processing Fee

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USCIS has indicated that it intends to implement a $10 electronic registration fee for H-1B cap-subject petitions for the FY 2021 H-1B filings. The FY2021 H-1B applications would be submitted in April 2020. Starting December 2, 2019, the Premium Processing fee for Form I-129 (O-1,H-1B and other nonimmigrant visas) and for Form I-1-140 Immigrant visa […]

October 2019 updates

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We are pleased to report that all the H-1B’s we submitted this year have been approved, including a tough RFE for Chinese Market Research Analyst, Shaojun Nie. Shaojun was on OPT, having graduated with an MBA in marketing from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University. Her prospective H-1B employer was a residential real estate firm.  This is what Shaojun wrote:  “Jane was the attorney assisting […]

April 2019 Updates

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O-1 Visa Processing Processing times for all visa applications are experiencing substantial delays hence more people are opting to use the expedite Premium Processing service, where a response is guaranteed in 15 days. Despite the delays, we recently had an O-1A approved in three weeks using standard processing for Researcher/Consultant, Dr. Savita Bailur. The case […]